Nobody likes to eat the same thing day in, day out, and that’s true of our dogs too. They love variety in their diet. You might have been wondering what tasty snacks you can get for your pooch this Christmas – here’s a super healthy, simple recipe to make Christmas Dinner Dog Treats with turkey and cranberry!
In case you’re unsure of what you can safely feed your dog from the Christmas food you have at home, check out this article and avoid giving her things that will make her ill.
I made these treats to decorate a Christmas Advent Calendar I made – here’s how to do it if you want to have a go. It’s pretty easy, it doesn’t take too long, and your dog will love you for it!
CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR DOGS RECIPE
A simple, yet super healthy, recipe for Christmas treats for your dog. It uses traditional Christmas ingredients that you’re likely to have in the pantry at Christmas time.
- 375 gr turkey meat I use turkey mince, it blends better
- 50 gr cranberries You can use fresh or dried, I use dried
- 150 gr carrots Cooked
- 1 egg
- 175 gr flour I use gluten-free rice flour, but you could use normal wheat flour, coconut flour or oatmeal
- Blend all the ingredients in a food blender until mixed into a dough. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour – different types of flour used will affect the extent of dryness of the dough
- Flour a surface and roll out the dough to around 5mm thickness
- Using a cookie cutter, cut out shapes and pop them onto the baking tray
- Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 160degC (fan-assisted)
- To make sure that the treats do not go off, you will need to dry them out after cooking.
- The easiest way to do this is to pop them in a dehydrator for a few hours: I dried them for 8 hours at 75degC / 170deg F. The time needed depends on how thick you rolled them out and the fat content of the turkey used, so yours may need more, or less, time than mine.
- If you don’t have a dehydrator, no worries. Just leave the oven on at its lowest setting and the baking tray in the coolest part of the oven. You may need to leave the oven door slightly ajar if it gets too warm. Cooking on a low heat like this will dehydrate the cookies.
- Once they are dry enough to snap and not bend, they are ready.
- Leave to cool